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COMIC BOOKS OF INTEREST

COMIC BOOKS

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI'S DREAM POLICE

Dream Police #1 Someone asked where DREAM POLICE could be ordered. I found a couple of places on the internet where they were taking pre-orders. Forbidden Planet in the UK is one; Mile High Comics here in the US is another place.

Date: 3/27/2005 9:58:19 PM
Babylon 5 Moderated Newsgroup

I'd mentioned a while back that I would remind folks when the stores would begin taking orders for Dream Police...so this is it.

Dream Police will appear as a one-shot on June 22nd, but Marvel has a tendency to print to orders, so if you don't order it up front, it may not be available. Apparently interest is high, so I have a sneaking suspicion this one may disappear fast.

Basically, the premise of Dream Police -- which has been in the works for a long time now, and finally seeing print -- is that we all enter the dreamscape when we fall asleep, and the denizens of said dreamscape all play their roles...but when someone doesn't do their job, or a crime against dreamers is committed, the Dream Police come in.

The thing is...the Dream Police are plain clothes detectives and beat cops who walk, talk and behave like characters out of the Maltese Falcon, or Dragnet, or Adam 12, that very literal, staccato, clipped back-and-forth style of dialogue.

So what you've got is a very funny, weird, surreal book that puts these very noir characters up against the dreamscape...and I'm just pleased as punch with the result.

Hence, this recommendation. There's no long arc to sign onto, just the one issue, but it's just a hoot and a half to read. It's from Marvel under the Icon imprint, and I commend it highly to all B5 folks.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #522

Amazing Spiderman #522 Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Mike Deodato, cover by Kaare Andrews.
It's an action-packed extravaganza as the hordes of Hydra make a final push to take over the United States!! And it's up to everyone's favorite red, white, and blue web-slinger to make sure that "Hail Hydra" isn't the new national anthem!

Amazing Spiderman #521 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #521
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO

"MOVING UP" Spidey just can't seem to catch a break these days. He's got a great new pad and a cool new clique ­ so what's the big problem? Oh, not much-- just a nefarious worldwide organization with an ingenious plan to conquer the world! Hail HYDRA! Part 3 (of 6).

Fantastic Four #528 FANTASTIC FOUR #528
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils and Cover by MIKE MCKONE

"Random Factors" As Ben revels in his newfound wealth and status, an act of sabotage may well jeopardize Reed's secret project--and a visit from state officials has dire ramifications for Sue and the rest of the Richards clan.

Supreme Power #17 SUPREME POWER #17
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Pencils & Cover by GARY FRANK

"The Deconstruction of Mark Milton" concludes: There's love in the air for Doctor Spectrum and a certain amphibious creature...and a storm on the horizon for Hyperion. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Amazing Spiderman #520 AMAZING SPIDERMAN
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Mike Deodato.

In this tale for the ages, written by Stupendous J. Michael Straczynski and penciled by Magnificent Mike Deodato, Peter and the family are forced to deal with the radical changes in their lives. Straight from the pages of the New Avengers. Part 2 of 5.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on May 25.

Fantastic Four #527 Fantastic Four #527 FANTASTIC FOUR #527
Marvel Comics has announced a 50/50 variant cover for Fantastic Four #527, the first issue by the new creative team of J. Michael Straczynski and Mike McKone.

"'Distant Music' -- a new arc begins here. Just in time for movie season, new ongoing creative team J. Michael Straczynski and Mike McKone unite their talents to chart a new course for the world's greatest comic magazine! First up: an intriguing offer for a conflicted Reed, and a windfall for Ben!"

Fantastic Four #527 is scheduled to be in stores on May 25.

In addition, Marvel is preparing a Director's Cut version of the issue, scheduled for release on June 22, the same day as Fantastic Four #528. The issue will include the contents of the regular edition of #527, as well as a script, interviews and sketch art. It will cost $3.99.

RISING STARS RETURNS

Rising Stars Fire and Ash RISING STARS: FIRE AND ASH PAPERBACK

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art by Brent Anderson, colored by John Starr and Brian Buccellato.

Writer J. Michael Straczynski's superhero tour-de-force reaches its stunning conclusion as the final fate of the 113 ³Pederson Specials² is revealed. The final chapter of one of the greatest comic series ever is now available in trade paperback for your bookshelf.

208 pages, $29.95.

Strange #6 STRANGE #6
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Samm Barnes, art and cover Brandon Peterson.

On their journey to discover Blackthroat, Marco and Director Joel Cameron's crew end up on a dark island in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle. Plotting to fuel Marco's thirst for revenge, Cameron hatches a trap with Jeanine's life in the balance. As the small crew turns on one another they soon learn that this island is not as deserted as it seems; it is home to an ancient clan of vampires whose dark secret has ramifications for all of humanity.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on May 18.

Rising Stars #22 RISING STARS #22
by J. Michael Straczynski & Brent Anderson
"Phoenix In Ascension” Pt. 1 of 3. J. Michael Straczynski's superhero tour-de-force returns and speeds toward its whipsaw conclusion! The superpowered "Specials" set out to change the world. Now that one of the Specials is elected President of the United States, the world will change...whether it wants to or not!
FC, 32pg..........$2.99

Saw this in the B5 moderated newsgroup and thought I would pass it along:
http://previews.diamondcomics.com/support/previews_docs/orderforms/cof.txt

AMAZING SPIDERMAN

FIRST LOOK: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #516 Amazing Spiderman #516 Amazing Spider-Man #516 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"'Skin Deep,' part 2 of 4. Peter must confront a foe who -- like himself -- was given amazing powers during a science experiment gone awry. But why does this adversary blame Peter for the mishap in the laboratory -- and just how far will he take his quest for vengeance?"

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #515 Amazing Spiderman #515 Written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Mike Deodato, Jr. and Mark Brooks, cover by Gary Frank. "Skin Deep," part 1 of 4. When a former classmate of Peter Parker botches an ambitious scientific experiment, it's Peter Parker who just might pay the ultimate price, and learn a valuable lesson about great power and great responsibility... Sound familiar? Don't bet on it.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Dec. 29.

Amazing Spider-Man #516 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.

Amazing Spiderman #514 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #514
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Mike Deodato.
"Sins Past," part 6 of 6. All is revealed in the pulse-pounding conclusion to "Sins Past"!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Nov. 24.

SUPREME POWER

Supreme Power #15 SUPREME POWER #15
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Gary Frank.
What does the most powerful being on the planet do when he finds out he's been manipulated and that his whole life is practically a lie? How will Hyperion react -- and what does that mean for the rest of humanity--and the government that's organized these deceitful machinations? Another pulse-pounding issue from the architects of the Supremeverse!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Feb. 2.

SUPREME POWER #14 Supreme Power #14 Written by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and cover by Gary Frank.
"The Squadron" part 2 of 6. It's high noon as Hyperion, Nighthawk and The Blur have a long-overdue showdown with the super-powered serial killer that has been terrorizing the nation. Find out here if the newly formed squadron makes it out of this fight alive.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Dec. 8.

SUPREME POWER #13
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Gary Frank.
"The Squadron," part 1 of 6. In their first adventure as a team, Hyperion, Blur and Nighthawk -- the newly formed Squadron -- encounter a super-powered serial killer! But will they live long enough to stop him?

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Oct. 27.

STRANGE

Strange #4 STRANGE
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Sara (Samm) Barnes, pencils and cover by Brandon Peterson.
The Master of the Mystic Arts is back -- as only J. Michael Straczynski and artist Brandon Peterson could envision him. In this issue, Stephen Strange at last learns what the Ancient One has planned for him.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Feb. 16.

Strange #2 STRANGE #2
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Samm Barnes, art and cover by Brandon Peterson.
Brash young surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange is on a collision course with destiny -- a journey that will force him to search the deepest corners of his own heart...and the outer reaches of the cosmos. The adventures of the Master of the Mystic Arts in the year's most highly anticipated origin story.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Oct. 13.

Strange #3 Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Samm Barnes, art and cover by Brandon Peterson.
Part 3 of 6. Brash young surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange is on a collision course with destiny -- a journey that will force him to search the deepest corners of his own heart...and the outer reaches of the cosmos.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Dec. 1.

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